Our kids love museums and associate them with fun and learning (that makes my heart so happy). Tyler is really into dinosaurs right now, so we decided to check out The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University since they have a whole gallery of devoted to them.
We had taken Isaac to that museum once before we were married, but the little kids have never been, so we headed into center city Philadelphia
We were able to see them up close!
The butterfly walkthrough was a favorite for the kids. They tell you can’t touch them but it is okay if one lands on you. Hannah wanted one to land on her so badly but it never happened.
Ryan really enjoyed the Extreme Bugs exhibit. This exhibit featured huge models of bugs with moving body parts.
The kids were mostly into the dress up area in this area.
We did catch a zoo staff member showing a large beetle. This area was an additional cost. I didn’t necessarily think it was worth paying extra for, but Ryan disagreed with me.
When we were recapping our day together both kids told us how much they enjoyed the Digging area in the upstairs dinosaur hall. The kids are given little brushes and can brush away cork pebbles to reveal “dinosaur bones” and other fossils.
Tyler mostly just enjoyed the sensory aspect of playing in the cork. It was essentially a giant sensory bin for him.
There were also moving dinosaur replicas, huge dinosaur skeletons, and a room with a real live scientist working on dinosaur bones found in Wyoming.
Another area that was a hit for our preschool gang was the Outside in Room.
Ryan and I were both fascinated by the large beehive in the room. It was connected to the outside through a clear tube so the bees could come and go.
It also had lots of animals in tanks and the friendly volunteers would take them out to see them or even touch them!
There were puzzles, puppets, a sandbox, books and areas to climb and crawl. We literally had to drag our kids out of this room to go eat lunch.
Final Thoughts & Tips
Some general tips: If you have a stroller, come in from the 13th street exit to avoid all of the stairs in front of the main entrance.
The two elevators in the museum can be a little tricky. They don’t both go to all of the floors. We parked at the nearby Logan Square garage. The admission desk validated our ticket so we were able to pay for the whole day for $7 bucks. This is a steal compared to the Monday-Friday rates when the $7 dollars gets you 20 minutes. Xtreme Bugs runs until Jan 21st 2019. You can find more information on the musuem and SAVE $2 on admission when you purchase tickets HERE.
Have you been to The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia? What were some of your favorite things you did. Do you have any tips you would like to share we did not include in this story? We would love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below and make sure you subscribe to our blog to keep up to date on our latest adventures!
Disclaimer: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University generously gifted us VIP admission tickets. As always, all opinions are my own.